Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Former Cure guitarist has art exhibition in LA

Pearl Thompson, Pink Sun, (2014)

On March 5, Pearl (aka Porl) Thompson, an English musician best known for his work with The Cure, will display original works at the Mr Musichead Gallery in Hollywood, CA.

Thompson will display a visually inspiring collection of work that he has worked on for the past several years.

These paintings are inspired by his journeys through the canyons of Malibu and the surrounding desert area. He is moved by the energy and deep underlying spirit that flowers through the rock formations and cactus reminding him of a giant ancient time capsule.

He states, "I like to step back and take on another perspective, see the visions, intense colors, shadows and life seeing through the eyes of birds."

This will be the first solo exhibition for the artist showcasing his mixed media paintings. Thompson's new work is vastly different from the older artwork featured on some of The Cure's most famous albums. His artwork today is mainly acrylic on canvas with intentional brushstrokes and colorful slashes of light and is a real celebration of his evolution.

The new work was noticed when photographer Lisa Johnson captured his image with his guitar in her tabletop book 108 Rock Star Guitars and then introduced him to gallery owner Sam Milgrom.

Thompson was part of the original lineup of The Cure, which also included Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, and Lol Tolhurst when the band was first formed in 1976. Thompson left the Cure in 1994 to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page & Plant tour of 1995.

In 2002, the artist also had an exhibition of his paintings in Cornwall, UK entitled "100% SKY". A book co-written with Sarah Brittain also entitled "100% Sky" was published in conjunction with the exhibition.

US Premiere art exhibition March 6-19, 2015
Opening Reception: 7-10 p.m. March 5, 2015

Mr Musichead Gallery is at 11 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am-6pm
(323) 876-0042 or (888) 242-7625
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Los Angeles, CA 90046
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No Doubt, The Killers, Zac Brown Band headline first KAABOO Del Mar Fest

The inaugural KAABOO Del Mar experience is set to make an impact on the U.S. festival circuit with an initial line-up led by headliners No Doubt, The Killers and Zac Brown Band. 
Set for September 18-20, 2015 at the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA, KAABOO Del Mar, will offer three days of performances on seven stages and six experiences: Humor Me, Palate, Indulgences, ArtworK, Encore, and Posh Nosh, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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The initial KAABOO Del Mar-curated musical line-up--is as follows (as of February 23):
No Doubt; The Killers; Zac Brown Band; Snoop Dogg; Foster the People; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals; Slightly Stoopid; Counting Crows; Young the Giant; The Roots; Spoon; Sheryl Crow; Grace Potter & the Nocturnals; Dirty Heads; O.A.R.; AWOLNATION; Rodrigo y Gabriela; Michael Franti & Spearhead; Brandi Carlile; Girl Talk; Big Gigantic; Griz; Tribal Seeds; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; OK Go; Cherub; Donavon Frankenreiter; Dawes; Los Lobos; X; Lucero; Lettuce; Ozomatli; Allen Stone; JJ Grey & Mofro; Old 97’s; J Roddy Walston & the Business; Justin Townes Earle; Delta Rae; Nahko & Medicine for the People; Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; Minnie Driver; The White Panda; The Floozies; Goldfish; thenewno2; Stick Figure; The Revivalists; MarchFourth!; Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Fortunate Youth; Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers; Natural Vibrations; The Silent Comedy; Knox Hamilton; Orgone; Wheeland Brothers; The Apache Relay; Peter Matthew Bauer.
The comedy bill includes: Joel McHale; Lewis Black; Chris D'elia; Anthony Jeselnik; Jeff Garlin; Tig Notaro; Tim Meadows; Iliza Schlesinger; Ron Funches; Hasan Minhaj.

On the culinary side, KAABOO Del Mar will offer food and beverage choices beyond your typical festival fare. This enhanced approach will include pairings from local, high quality restaurants featuring celebrity and local chefs; wine selections from vineyards throughout California; craft beer from breweries in top markets including San Diego; craft distillers in various categories; mixologists; and more.

KAABOO Del Mar weekend passes are on sale now. Options include a limited number of GA weekend passes at $259, a VIP “Hang Five” weekend pass available at $699. All VIP passes include entry to a Thursday pre-event, invitation-only celebration with musical performances from Sheryl Crow and Ed Kowalcyzk (Live) and a Hang Ten VIP pass at $2499 per pass (includes all of the Hang Five VIP benefits), plus: complimentary food and beverages in designated areas, access to the KAABOO Artist Lounge and “Hang Ten” Lounge areas on the track in-field, complimentary valet parking, dedicated “Hang Ten” pre-event planning support and on-site concierge service.

In addition, $1 from each pass purchased will go to the “KINDNESS” charity program, created by KAABOO organizers benefitting four local charities. The funds raised will be divided equally among the charity partners for support of programs directly impacting the local San Diego community.
When purchasing passes, guests will be given the option of donating additional funds, with KAABOO matching each donation, dollar for dollar. The “KINDNESS” partners include: Feeding America San Diego (, San Diego Music Foundation (, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter ( and Operation Amped (

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Surfer Blood returns this spring

Surfer Blood are back with a new album and new label: 1000 Palms, out May 12, on Joyful Noise.

The band’s third full-length and first release with indie imprint 1000 Palms marks a return to the band’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third album.

Last week, the band treated fans to a preview of the album’s opening track Grand Inquisitor.
Now Surfer Blood reveals a second track from the record Dorian.

Front man John Paul Pitts describes "Dorian" as the album’s central point, saying “This song has everything from classic 80's synth patches to fucked-up vocoder sound collages, embracing a series of left-turns that make it one of the most unique songs in our catalogue. It makes use of almost every sonic element we had available, and embraces the anything goes spirit this record represents.”

The story of 1000 Palms began on Jan. 1, 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.

After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP Pythons.
With the band self-recording, it was in the glamorous setting of an attic studio above a doctor’s office where drums were committed to tape. Of the work, Pitts states, “fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so it was a challenge well-suited to our band”.

The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favors, the band had managed to craft everything on the upcoming record.
“The most important part was not over-thinking it, something we've been guilty of in the past. Instead we mostly ignored matters of length, structure, and instrumentation for the sake of leaving the material as undiluted as possible.” 
Track listing:

Grand Inquisitor
I Can’t Explain
Point of No Return
Sabre-Tooth and Bone
Covered Wagons
Into Catacombs
Other Desert Cities
NW Passage

Pre-order via iTunes
** Limited VIP vinyl edition of the album (500 hand-numbered copies on green & clear "starburst" vinyl ft. bonus flexi-disc of an album outtake) pre-order via Joyful Noise

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Billy Idol tour arrives in Vegas, OC; new biography 'Dancing With Myself' available now

An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon.

Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame—from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled—delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career.

A survivor’s tale at its heart, this sometimes chilling and always riveting account of one man's creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. With it, Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers. - See more at:
An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon.

Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame—from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled—delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career.

A survivor’s tale at its heart, this sometimes chilling and always riveting account of one man's creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. With it, Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers. - See more at: Idol's month long U.S. tour winds down this weekend with shows on Feb. 21 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV and Feb. 22 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. I'd love to check out the latter gig - it should be amazing to see him in a relatively small club.

Billy Idol's month long U.S. tour concludes this weekend with shows in Las Vegas on Saturday (Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan) and Santa Ana, Calif. on Sunday (The Observatory). Tickets are $65.25 for Vegas; the OC show is sold out.

In case you hadn't heard, last fall, the rock legend put out the highly impressive Kings & Queens of the Underground, his first studio album in nearly a decade. 

Then came Dancing With Myself.

The compelling 314-page autobiography is divided into 43 brisk chapters and three parts (London, New York City, Los Angeles). It is a must read - especially for music fans like myself who revel in everything about old school punk and new wave music. With a reputation like Idol's, you'd expect to discover some details about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and some is present here, but it's not lurid or the bulk of his life story. 

Idol writes about the constant psychological pull between good and evil that he's faced over the years. Even though I interviewed the singer a decade ago for the Devil's Playground CD and reviewed him live many times, there were still many details that I didn't know: he lived in the U.S. from ages 2-6 before returning to England; the real lowdown on teenage punk tastemakers The Bromley Contingent (along with Susan Dallion, soon to lead Siouxsie and the Banshees); all the machinations of his nascent punk band Generation X (best known for the single “Ready Steady Go,” though it wasn't a huge U.K. hit)

I enjoyed finding out when Idol's fascination with motorcycles began and his long driving trips around the canyons while living in LA. Also the behind the scenes info on such iconic early MTV music video staples as “Dancing With Myself," 'Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face," not to mention Idol's infamous half naked Rolling Stone magazine cover shoot while clad in leather.

Writing with unflinching honesty about other trials and tribulations, Idol's Dancing With Myself is definitely recommended.

Due out next week: Gang of Four's 'What Happens Next'

Legendary post-punk band Gang of Four will release a new album, What Happens Next, on Feb. 24 via Metropolis Records in the USA and Canada, and Membran in Europe.

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed album Content, it features collaborations with Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Robbie Furze from The Big Pink, Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie), German superstar Herbert Grönemeyer and Japanese superstar Hotei.

This is the first album without vocalist Jon King. What Happens Next refers to both the outside world and the band itself: an emphatic commitment to the future.

"The focus is more on universal issues, like how individuals behave in certain ways or how our world is constructed, than local issues or current affairs," says founding guitarist and songwriter Andy Gill.

"Gang of Four is anything but parochial." When King left the project, a reinvigorated Gill seized the opportunity to re-imagine Gang of Four from the ground up. The new album is an unexpected twist that still operates as the next logical step for the group.

Affirming the singular importance of the band's impact on music, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello told Rolling Stone this past July that "there's no one more influential on my guitar playing than Andy Gill."

Having been named a massive influence by many artists including Bloc Party, R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem, among hundreds of others, Gang of Four's legacy continues not by being frozen in a moment in time, but by constant evolution while remaining true to the original spirit of the band.

What Happens Next was written and produced by Andy Gill in London. The lead single is "Broken Talk", which features vocals from Alison Mosshart. The band will tour in North America next month. 

Tour dates:
03-03 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03-04 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
03-06 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03-07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03-09 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
03-10 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

03-12 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03-13 Chicago, IL - Park West
03-14 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03-15 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03-17 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
03-18 Dallas, TX - Trees
03-23 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03-24 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
03-25 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
03-28 Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama @ The Observatory

Gang of Four is Andy Gill (guitar), John "Gaoler" Sterry (vocals), Thomas McNiece (bass) and Jonny Finnegan (drums).

Steve Earle's 'Terraplane' in stores now

Musician, actor, author and ardent lover of independent record stores, Steve Earle will perform a series of intimate acoustic in-stores around the country in support of his new album, Terraplane, out now on New West Records.

Earle, who made his first appearance on "Letterman" in 1988 in support of his now classic album, Copperhead Road, will make his final appearance Feb. 23 when he and The Dukes perform the shuffling blues single "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had."

Throughout his more than 30-year career, Earle has mined the rich veins of American roots music from country to rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. On 16th studio album Terraplane, Earle pays tribute to the blues, influenced by the blues giants he saw growing up in Texas - Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Canned Heat and Billy Gibbons.

Recorded in Nashville by Ray Kennedy and produced by R.S. Field, the new collection is his homage to the music that he calls "the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share" and a record he has wanted to make for a long time.

Over 11 original tracks, Earle and his band The Dukes traverse various forms of the blues - from the Texas roadhouse blues of opener "Baby Baby Baby (Baby)," to the acoustic blues of "Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now" and the Chicago blues of "The Usual Time to the pre-war blues of "Baby's Just As Mean As Me," a duet with Eleanor Whitmore.

The electrified "King of The Blues" features some scorching guitar playing from guitarist Chris Masterson and on "The Tennessee Kid" Earle sounds like a possessed street preacher as he retells the Faustian crossroads legend over a John Lee Hooker-esque boogie.

Earle is set to return for his second year of Camp Copperhead. The four-day-long immersion songwriting camp led by Earle, debuted last summer in upstate New York and immediately sold out.

In 2015, Camp Copperhead will take place again in Big Indian, NY located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains just north of New York City on July 20 through July 24. For more information, please visit

An actor with acclaimed roles in HBO's The Wire and Treme, Earle is currently in the just released film, The World Made Straight and can be seen in the upcoming film Dixieland later this year.

His long awaited memoir "I Can't Remember If We Said Goodbye" will be published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group this year. He can be seen in many episodes of the Foo Fighters HBO Original Series "Sonic Highways" and also co-wrote the title track with Marianne Faithfull for her new studio album, Give My Love To London.

Terraplane is available as a single CD, deluxe CD/DVD, digitally, as well as 180g vinyl. The deluxe version of the album includes 24-bit high-res audio of the album as well as a long form interview between Earle and acclaimed journalist Mark Jacobson, three live, acoustic songs filmed on the porch of House of Blues Studio D, and a behind-the-scenes short film about the making of the album.

Remaining tour dates: 

March 6 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery
March 7 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery
April 24 - Indio, CA @ Stagecoach Festival

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Daryl Hall and John Oates news

This week is a big one for Daryl Hall and John Oates fans in advance of a special theatrical concert event on Thursday, February 19.
Earlier today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers appeared on The Howard Stern Show for a wide ranging - and sometimes hilarious - interview and acoustic band performances of "She's Gone" and "Maneater" (SiriusXM radio subscribers can access it via On Demand for 21 days; scroll ahead to approximately the 2:00 mark).

Tomorrow, they do a plugged-in performance and interview on ABC-TV's The View.

Later that night (7 p.m. local time), the pair will be featured during "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Recorded Live From Dublin." Recorded before a sellout crowd in July 2014 at Ireland's Olympia Theatre, it will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country (for a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website).

Over 90 minutes of concert footage included in this event are their hits "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," "Rich Girl, "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "Out of Touch" and more -- will be shown along with special interviews and exclusive backstage footage. Tickets are still available at participating theater box offices and online at (For those who want to own it, Eagle Rock Entertainment also releases the DVD and Blu-ray on March 31)
In related news, John Oates recently put out Another Good Road, his new DVD+CD (PS Records/Warner Elektra), which revolves around a series of EPs that were eventually compiled into the Good Road to Follow album.

Directed by Sean Hagwell, the live performance is mixed with documentary footage as Oates takes the viewer through his primary locales of Woody Creek, Colorado and Nashville. 
"This video is a real as it gets: one take on each song and no post production fixes or overdubs - just an amazing band and singers with the intensity and energy of playing these songs for the first time," Oates said in a press release. "We had one day, one chance to make magic together, and the results are 'Another Good Road.'"
Backing him are Shane Theriot (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel), the sumptuous Wendy Moten and longtime session vet Bekka Bramlett (background vocals), Kevin McKendree (keyboards) and Johnny Richardson (drums).
"I've had the honor and pleasure of performing and recording with all of the players on the video over the past few years,” Oates added. “I trust their instincts, respect their musicianship and count on them as friends and professionals."
The main 45-minute Another Good Road program starts as the pop/rock vet leaves home and drives. "Travelling defines what I'm all about. The moves I've made in my life changed the course of everything I do," admits Oates. 
Then the proceedings find him playing both acoustic and electric guitars in an intimate setting. Many of the live songs have a relaxed, soulful groove ("Let's Drive," "Stone Cold Love"), while others boast a subtle blues feel ("The Head That Wears the Crown," "Stack O'Lee" - loosely based on rock 'n' roll oldie "Stagger Lee"). Elsewhere, a laid back, early '70s Hall & Oates vibe comes across ("Lose it in Louisiana," "Pushing a Rock Uphill"). 

Oates talks about delving into the Nashville songwriting community and how it embraced him and the beauty of live music: "we create something and get to have it validated right in front of us." The footage includes Oates at home on the ranch feeding his animals and casually visiting a favorite watering hole.
Another half hour of bonus material is divided into nine short interview segments where  Oates provides background on various songs included on his album. Several of the well-known collaborators (Jim Lauderdale, Vince Gill, One Republic's Ryan Tedder, Nathan Chapman, Tommy Sims, Hot Chelle Rae's Ryan Follese) also discuss what it was like working together. For Oates fans, it's a fascinatig glimpse into his solo creative process. 
Highly recommended.  
Buy the Another Good Road DVD+CD: HERE
In other Hall news, the new season of "Live From Daryl's House" will debut on Palladia this spring.